Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mussels, Beers & Friends.

Last night whilst Bubbaboo stayed the night at my sisters, I went to Max's favourite Belgian Beer Cafe to eat Mussels, drink Belgian beer and celebrate Max's up and coming birthday with friends. He never got to eat those mussels that our friend C was going to cook up that night so we went and ate them in his honour. We had organised this night out before Max passed away but we never got there because Max was no longer up to it but he lamented until his final week that he didn't get to go eat his mussels. That is why I asked C if she could surprise him with them that night.

Before dinner came out I apologised to my friends if they thought it was freaky but I bought a photo of Max with me. It was a photo of him enjoying a Hoegaarden at that very restaurant. They all said they were fine with it, I hoped they were and not just saying it to make feel ok but I wanted Max there, since it was his birthday we were there to celebrate. C gave his photo a kiss, which made me feel comfortable about it. So the photo of him sat at the table whilst we ate his favourite Mussels, Tintin au Congo, drank beer, chatted and laughed. It was a lovely night out with friends.

Max enjoying his Hoegaarden and his Tintin au Congo with pomme frites. 

Cheers Babe this was for you! Love you lots. xx

10 comments:

Lut C. said...

Such a shame he had to miss this yummy meal. There will be plenty of occasions where you'll be acutely reminded of what he has to miss, at least this time you had friends to share the sentiment.

Prost, Max.

Anonymous said...

Max's photo at dinner with us last night was a great idea! It was just so lovely to see a smiling Max, healthy, and enjoying his beer! It was good to remember him outside of his illness. I remember that night in the photo very well- his 40th! Glad we got to do it Vee. It was a very nice night :)
C

Miss Ruby said...

It's sad that he missed out but he was there in photographic form and spiritually...glad you managed to have a nice night.

xx

Delenn said...

Glad to see him being able to enjoy the night out, at least in spirit!

Gil said...

How wonderful that you got to do that in his honour! Oh I know he would have loved those mussels and beer. And I'm so glad you took the photo with you; seeing him there, raising a glass, is beautiful!

You know something though? I would bet you anything that Max WAS right there with you all. And as you drank and enjoyed, and celebrated his birthday, he smiled and laughed alongside you.

Cheers to you for doing this. And cheers to Max for his upcoming birthday!

Bea said...

It sounds like a perfect remembrance. And I can see why you were worried about the photo, but I think it was a great idea to bring it, and I'm sure your friends did, too.

Bea

Anonymous said...

Good on you Vee for getting out with your friends and honouring Max I think its just beautiful. A night out with great company would have been wonderful for you.

L

DaisyGal said...

that was a PERFECT way to celebrate his birthday.....
so glad you were able to enjoy the mussels and have Max there too.
Hugs

Jane said...

What a good way to remember Max- glad there was mussels, beer, friends , laughter and Max !

jill said...

I think that was a wonderful idea to bring his photo to dinner. I love looking at pictures of my lost loved ones - it helps keep them fresh in my mind. I keep two photos of my grandfather (gone almost 2 years now) on my 'fridge and look at them every day. I bet your dinner companions didn't mind at all :) Max would be so happy that you went to his favorite place and celebrated him!